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Published October 26th 2014
A Cellar Door with a smile, and many different delights
Travelling along a country road recently the sandwich board on the side of this road screamed "Coffee and Muffin $5". As many people know, I have a long term relationship with coffee that just causes a melting at the knees, so this sandwich board had served its purpose. The concept of a muffin as well just added to the delight.
But a quick check of the other signage outside the building revealed that I was at the Kersbrook Hill Wines Cellar Door. After a few raised eyebrows, the need for caffeine overpowered the logic of coffee at a cellar door, so in I went for what was to be a surprising and pleasant afternoon sojourn.
Kersbrook Hill Wines is a small family owned winery located just outside Kersbrook in the Adelaide Hills about 40 minutes north east of Adelaide. Upon entering the cellar door the 'family' element comes through loud and clear with a friendly and engaging greeting from John who is overseeing the cellar door.
Before I know it, and without much arm twisting, I have a tasting sample of the Kersbrook Hill Cider in my hand. John advises me that this cider is structurally different from the high volume ciders that are available at bottle shops because of its low carbonation. With locally grown Granny Smith apples being processed through the wine processing equipment during the grape off-season coupled with the low carbonation, this cider is a delight.
While sipping and walking the small cellar door I notice a menu on the wall, which reminded me of the reason for my visit. Having been welcomed in to the 'family', I was enjoying the visit so I thought that a cheese platter would go well with my coffee and I could settle in to some of the seated areas to laze a few more hours away.
The coffee arrived and surprisingly was of a standard that equals or beats many of the coffee chains in Adelaide. It wasn't quite what one would expect at a CIBO but given I was at a cellar door in the country then it was more than satisfactory.
However the cheese platter came and was exceptional, with a small surprise. The numerous pieces of lavosh, some camembert and gouda were supplemented with some of the locally made chutney, olives and a triangle of fruit cake. The mix of sweet and sour, tangy and touching, soft and hard was perfect to accompany the coffee while devouring another afternoon.
Kersbrook Hill Wines Cellar Door is open 7 days a week with details available on their website. The Cellar Door stays open later on some Friday and Saturday evenings with further details available on their facebook page.
My husband and I ( plus 2 kids) discovered this fabulous cellar a couple of weekends ago and as stated it was wonderful. Such lovely friendly, welcoming staff and the cider is fantastic. I bought a box of 6 bottles to bring home. Will definitely be back to try the cheese platter very soon.
Well worth a visit, Cheers Nat ☺